Jun 8, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks centerJonathan Toews
(19) is presented with the Western Conference championship trophy by NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly after game five of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center. The Blackhawks won 4-3 to win the series four games to one. Mandatory Credit: Scott Stewart-USA TODAY Sports
We’re counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off ,and we have finally arrived to the last day of the countdown. We’re doing a Top 100 list of all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane as we head towards opening night on October 9th in Dallas.
Jonathan Toews (2007-Present)
Game Winning Goals-36
Game Winning Goals-10
Stanley Cup Champion- 2010, 2013
Conn Smythe Trophy-2010
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane arrived in Chicago at the end of the Dark ages and they were the great potential that was coming to Chicago to bring them back to the playoffs and being relevant. They not only got the Hawks back to the playoffs they ended a streak that had hung over the Blackhawks franchise like a dark cloud for 49 years.
After a solid rookie year which included scoring on his first shot on goal in his first game
, Toews has not missed the playoffs since with the Hawks making the Conference Finals in 2009 and that was just the prerequisite for the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship which ended 49 years of misery for Blackhawks fans everywhere. Toews was fantastic in the 2010 playoffs and he not only was the first to hoist the Stanley Cup he also won the Conn Smythe trophy.
The Hawks went through a salary cap purge and the Hawks almost missed the playoffs in 2011 but made it in as a 8th seed and almost made an incredible comeback being down 3-0 and lost in Game 7 in overtime on the road. The 2011-12 season was a tough one for Toews missing the final 22 games of the season with a concussion only to make it back for the playoffs scoring on his first shot on goal and then made a great play to win an overtime game on the road in Phoenix
Toews greatest leadership example may be the fall of 2012 when the NHL was locked out and it was eveyone for themselves to stay in shape and be ready in case a 2013 season would ever kick off. Well at the last second the season kicked off and the Blackhawks were more prepared than anyone else and the Hawks set a point streak to start the season at 24 games. The great season wouldn’t end until the greatest 17 seconds in Blackhawks history which started with a great lift of the stick from Toews doing the little things that makes him great.
The win made Toews the only Captain in Blackhawks history to hoist the Stanley Cup twice in team history.
The Hawks were so close to a third Cup in 2014 when they lost in Game #7 in overtime to the eventual Champion, but on the way in the first round Toews won a huge game on the road in St. Louis for what to me was the best highlight of the 2014 run for the Blackhawks.
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Toews can do it all from win faceoffs, Lead, Score Goals and play 200 feet better than anyone else in the NHL. His career stats don’t say greatest ever Blackhawks except for those 2 Stanley Cup banners hanging from the United Center and it’s because of those 2 banners Jonathan Toews is the #1 Blackhawk of all-time in our countdown.
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